The Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents (PHQ-A) is a modified version of the 9-item PHQ-9 instrument designed for depression assessment in primary care settings (Johnson, 2002 & Kroenke, Spitzer & Williams., 2001).

 The PHQ-9 and PHQ-A are based directly on the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).

Items are rated for the last two weeks, using a four-point scale for duration (from “not at all” to “nearly every day”). The PHQ-9 has been adopted widely as a screening and diagnostic tool as well as a measure for monitoring treatment.

Linking table for the PHQ-A to PROMIS Pediatric Depression Symptoms were originally published in Kaat, 2019​.